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Valuation Tribunal Service Board appointments

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The government has announced the appointment of the deputy chairman and 3 members to the Valuation Tribunal Service Board.

The deputy chairman and 2 board member appointments will formally start on 1 April 2014. The third board member appointment will start on 1 November 2014.

The Valuation Tribunal for England hears certain appeals relating to Council Tax (including Council Tax support) and non-domestic rating liabilities.

The Valuation Tribunal Service was established in April 2004 as a non-departmental public body under the Local Government Act 2003. It provides support and guidance to the Valuation Tribunal for England and advises ministers on matters relating to valuation tribunals. It promotes best practice and provides the services required for the operation of the Valuation Tribunal for England, for example, accommodation and training for members and employees.

There remains a vacancy on the board for a member to be recruited from a valuation tribunal. The government will put in place a recruitment process to enable this vacancy to be filled as soon as possible.

Further information

Appointments to the Board of the Valuation Tribunal Service have been made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice.

All appointments to the Valuation Tribunal Service are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity to be made public if any is declared. John O’Shea is a Labour Councillor of North Tyneside Council. No other declarations have been made.

Deputy Chairman - John O’Shea

John O’Shea was first appointed to the Valuation Tribunal Service Board in 2008. Following open competition, John O’Shea has been appointed to the board as Deputy Chairman and a ‘service member’, and will commence his term on 1 April 2014 through to 31 March 2017.

He has 32 years of service to the valuation tribunal world and a wide experience of the voluntary sector, and experience of leading significant programmes of change and organisational finance and audit skills.

John O’Shea will receive £6,833 and will give at least 24 days per year to his role as Deputy Chairman of the Valuation Tribunal Service.

Ian Tighe

Ian Tighe was first appointed to the Valuation Tribunal Service Board in 2008. Following open competition, Ian Tighe will commence a new term of appointment to the board as an ‘independent member’ from 1 April 2014 through to 31 March 2017.

He is a former NHS trust director and secretary with over 30 years’ experience of work in the public sector, including a major change programme with the London Ambulance Service, and brings to the board valuable experience in the fields of information technology and estates management.

Ian Tighe will receive £5,694 and will give at least 20 days per year to his role as a member of the Valuation Tribunal Service.

Ronald Barham

Ronald Barham was initially appointed to the Valuation Tribunal Service Board in 2006. Following open competition, Ronald Barham will commence a new term of appointment to the board as a ‘service member’ from 1 April 2014 through to 31 March 2016.

He has served on valuation tribunals since 1985 and as a panel chairman since 1988. He is in judicial practice as an arbitrator, is a visiting professor to universities of Applied Sciences in Augsburg and Mainz, Germany, and is a former senior academic of the University of Central Lancashire.

Ronald Barham will receive £5,694 and will give at least 20 days per year to his role as a member of the Valuation Tribunal Service.

Robin Evans

Robin Evans is a current serving member on the board of the University of Reading (since September 2007) and the New Covent Garden Disengagement Board (since October 2013). He is also a former board member of Trustee Volunteer England (2010 to 2012).

He has occupied director or chief executive positions for the last 26 years. He was the Chief Executive of the Canal & River Trust (previously British Waterways) from 2002 to 2013. Prior to that, he had been Director of the Palaces Group of Historic Royal Palaces.

Following open competition, Robin Evans will commence a term of appointment to the board as an ‘independent member’ from 1 November 2014 through to 31 October 2017.

Robin Evans will receive £5,694 and will give at least 20 days per year to his role as a Member of the Valuation Tribunal Service.

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